Skip to comments.Dinosaurs passing wind may have caused climate change
Posted on 05/07/2012 5:21:06 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Dinosaurs passing wind may have caused climate change
Huge plant-eating dinosaurs may have produced enough greenhouse gas by breaking wind to alter the Earth's climate, research suggests.
2:46AM BST 07 May 2012
Like huge cows, the mighty sauropods would have generated enormous quantities of methane.
Sauropods, recognisable by their long necks and tails, were widespread around 150 million years ago.
They included some of the largest animals to walk the Earth, such as Diplodocus, which measured 150 feet and weighed up to 45 tonnes.
Scientists believe that, just as in cows, methane-producing bacteria aided the digestion of sauropods by fermenting their plant food.
''A simple mathematical model suggests that the microbes living in sauropod dinosaurs may have produced enough methane to have an important effect on the Mesozoic climate,'' said study leader Dr Dave Wilkinson, from Liverpool John Moores University.
''Indeed, our calculations suggest that these dinosaurs could have produced more methane than all modern sources - both natural and man-made - put together.''
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t all rotting vegetation create methane?
I’m thinking the same amount of methane is created whether a leaf is consumed or falls into the swamp.
That’s about the size of it.
Then the methane decomposes into CO2 and water, and then the plants pull the CO2 out of the air.
This scientific report clearly misses the main culprit. The Greek playwright, Aristophanes, thousand of years ago described how mosquitoes fly by farting. I am almost sure of this, althought I did go to public school so somebody should check my accuracy. Granted, dinosaurs are big, and even an SBD (Silent But Deadly) emission would be catastrophic, but there were few dinosaurs. On the other hand, there have always been lots of mosquitoes, which you will know if you have been out enjoying the local “green space” created by your tax dollars. A trillion zillion gabillion (words a Democrat lives) gnat farts create more bad gas than all the Dinos that ever lived. So, lesson - don’t get in an elevator with a mosquito. When the fumes hit, he will never admit it was him, not you. Or is that “he”?
Climate Change parodies itself.
So...? Cattle are the megaherbivores of our day? Are we all going to die? Or do we get a warm, wet climate? Would that be bad? Draw your own conclusions.
Today we have over 6 billion people breaking wind so is that equivalent to a lesser number of dinosaurs?
Passing gas does cause the climate to become more volatile. Just last night, I passed gas under the covers. The climate was most hostile for a few moments and then was very cold the rest of the night.
Ban beans and Mexican food!
You have to be smart AND fast to keep up in this forum.
Remember, the sauropod itself is sequestered CO2
Mexican food is an oxymoron.
Name “Mesozoic” changed to “Fartozoic.”
Well they have to keep that grant money flowing in to maintain their lifestyle.......
Wonder how they fill out the grant money papers for this one.
And wonder how much they got to produce this bit of stupidity.
It will release some methane but also that carbon/hydrogen will get released as CO2 and H2O.
The question would be process, digestion or open air decomposition release more methane?
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